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Pvt Earl Eugene Brown

Pvt Earl Eugene Brown

Birth
New Hampshire, USA
Death 20 Nov 1944 (aged 27)
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial Mason, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 107536692 · View Source
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Son of Fred Loren Brown and Emily A. Vatcher Brown, and brother of Laurent, Ellsworth, Gerald, and Robert and sister of Agnes. He resided in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

Earl entered the Army on the 7th of March 1944 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. After basic training he served as a Private in Company "K" with the 175th Infantry Regiment in the 3rd Battalion, in Europe his unit was attached to the 29th Infantry Division during World War II. He reported to the Army's Replacement Depot in Germany on the 16th of October 1944 and after which time he and some of his fellow soldiers of the 175th began their walk through hell and into eternity.

Earl was "Killed in Action" on the 20th of November 1944 in the battle for "Julich" in Germany during the WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart. Earl and his unit entered the battle for Julich, code named Operation "Q", on the 16th November 1944. In their first engagements succeeded when they took the town of Bettendorf with the 1st Battalion, better resistance was met at the town of Schleiden. The 3rd Battalion, 175th Infantry moved to an LD South of the 1st Battalion and at 0900 hrs 19th November jumped off to attack the town of Schleiden. The advance was slow and the enemy strongly resisted our attempts to advance. On the 19th November the railroad was secured by Earl and his 3rd Division.

At the close of operation on the 19th November found the Division occupying the line at Durboslar and Schleiden. On Earl last day on this earth, his unit began their attack in the general direction of Aldenhoven, Germany. This attack was supported by chemical mortars, tanks and the infantry and progress was made to their next position but Earl didn't make it there. He was reported killed in action on the following day of the battle on the 20th. His unit continued their attack and they obtained their objectives that faithful day.

Then on the 21st November, at 2000 hrs his regiment received orders, placing his unit in Division Reserve status, they withdrew to Durboslar and Siersdorf area for rehabilitation.

At the end of November the Division was preparing for the next important step, the crossing of the Roar River. This was the last major barrier in the front of the Rhine and it would open the way for a drive across the Cologne plain to the heart of Germany, I am sure Earl was with them all the way to Berlin, at least in the minds of all his buddies, to continue what he now couldn't, to end this terrible war.

At the time of Earl death, his brother, Ellsworth Brown, was serving with the 965th Engineers at Cherbourg, France along with my father, Private Arthur "Clink" Dodge.


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  • Created by: Lenny Dodge
  • Added: 30 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 107536692
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Earl Eugene Brown (29 Sep 1917–20 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 107536692, citing Prospect Hill Cemetery, Mason, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Lenny Dodge (contributor 47281999) .